Renaming the Chicago White Sox, Vol. 5

Well, hey, Adrian Serrano thought having a Fire Tony T-shirt and only a Fire Tony T-shirt would be like having salt without pepper, so now he’s providing you with the matching set:

Fire Rick

This new design is on sale now and available in all the usual portable and non-portable styles. Please take a look!


It’s a popular sentiment, so Adrian Serrano took inspiration from it:

Simple enough, right? Get the guy out of Chicago and give the White Sox a chance to salvage what’s shaping up to be a brutally lost season. Mugs, masks, hoodies – the usual product layout is available in this new design.


Hey, this weekend, a former White Sox folk hero decided to get a little spicy with White Sox Twitter. It had something to do with the 108 tournament, maybe? It’s a fun poem, and it’s hard to dismiss a design that includes the concept of impertinent. So here we go, it’s Palk Smash Block.

Palk Smash Block sticker.

And hey, you might have heard that the White Sox are passing this season (oh, trust me, in the years to come, you’ll hear about it from the front office, Sox fans). Spend wisely…well…

As the White Sox remain in the top five spenders for the season (they’ve now dropped to fifth, ahead of all teams except the Dodgers, Mets, Yankees and Padres), celebrate!

Hit your java like a BOSS with this mug that says, MY TEAM SPENDS.


You can read more about The Players League below, in the copy of our original PL logo design. However, one of us, won’t say who, let his frustration boil over, and a few fellow SBN writers thought this might make a cool T-shirt.

What you say?

Oh, you say it looks more like a sticker for your Trapper Keeper or your car bumper? Dig it:

Seriously, Players League gear is all the rage, and it’s only available in our store, so check it out!


The Players League only existed for one season, in 1890, but grew in times like this.

In fact, in one aspect, baseball in the late 19th century was healthier for fans – the antitrust exemption that MLB now enjoys did not exist. The Players League was started to compete with the National League and, to a lesser extent, the American Association (AA), then a major league.

Battles between players and management had officially existed since at least 1879, when National League owners silently adopted the Reserve Clause, which quickly evolved into a way for teams to claim ownership of a player. for the duration of his career.

A decade after its invention, the reserve clause had evolved from a new “goalkeeping league” concept to a way for NL teams to claim every player in the league as lifetime property. On top of that, the NL and AA had set an individual salary cap, preventing any player from earning more than the equivalent of $50,000 today.

From this onerous climate, the Players League was born. Eight teams (Chicago Pirates, Boston Reds, Brooklyn Wonders, New York Giants, Philadelphia Athletics, Pittsburgh Burghers, Cleveland Infants, Buffalo Bisons) debuted, loaded with NL and AA talent. The product in the field was both top quality and cost effective.

Merger talks, which were constant and ongoing in the savage baseball era of the 1800s, began almost before opening day, but NL maneuvering and sheer bad luck saw the Players League fall apart. collapse after just one season. Six of its eight teams have either merged with existing NL or AA city counterparts or joined majors outside of the Players League altogether.

Throughout the CBA talks, dating back to before the initial impasse last December, I dropped the #PlayersLeague tag in discussions of MLB monopoly and/or obfuscation. With an unnecessary lockout and really bad faith negotiations over time, maybe this hashtag should grow some wings.

Thus, we present a 2020s version of an 1890s brainstorm:

Adrian modernized the original Players League logo, combining modern paste with some classic flourishes.


Our Players League gear is available in our store, so check it out!

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